LPAC has long identified Abelhakim Belhadj, the emir of the al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which was created in the 1990s by British intelligence, as a key figure to be investigated in connection with the 9/11 attack on the US mission and CIA annex in Benghazi. The founder of the February 17th Brigade which was supposed to defend the mission in Benghazi, in recent days, Belhadj, who usually operates below the radar screen, has surfaced once again.
On Tuesday, April 2, Belhadj, who heads the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Al-Watan Party stated that Libyans are ready to use arms to protect their revolution.
“We will use arms to protect the goals and gains of the February Revolution,” he asserted according to the Anadolu news agency.
On May 8, 2014 Colonel Ibrahim al-Senussi Akila, head of general intelligence in Benghazi, was assassinated. The day before his assassination, he had gone on TV to reveal what he claimed to be a massive Islamist conspiracy involving not just Libyan militia groups, but individuals in the Libyan government, military, police and foreign intelligence services. He alluded to increasingly organized alliances between Islamist militias across Libya and the wider region, including plans to use Libyan territory to train a “Free Egyptian Army” consisting of Egyptian, Syrian and Tunisian Islamist fighters. Al-Senussi claimed that this plan was being hatched in cooperation with intelligence services from Qatar and Turkey, key supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He also claimed that bombing attacks in Libya were being conducted by Libyans who had recently returned from fighting in Syria. Al-Senussi claimed that young men returning from Syria were being used to conduct suicide missions against Libyan forces.
On April 10, Al-Akhbar.com had published an article, entitled “Egypt: Free Egyptian Army Being Formed in Libya.” Sources told Al-Akhbar that “a person called Sharif al-Radwani is in charge of Free Egyptian Army training camps in Libya. He had participated in violent armed operations in Syria, Lebanon, and Pakistan. The contact person is someone called Ismail al-Salabi, who is a member of al-Qaeda and is in contact with the head of Qatari intelligence, Ghanem al-Kubaisi. They met secretly in Qatar in the past few months.
“Kami al-Saifi and Ismail al-Salabi, who are both in al-Qaeda, were in contact with the Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy general guide Khairat el-Shater and have a special role in creating instability prior to the upcoming presidential elections.”
Who is Ismail al-Salabi? Ismail al-Salabi is the head of the February 17th Brigade, which was hired to guard the U.S. mission in Benghazi. He is a close ally of Abelhakim Belhadj, Chris Steven’s liaison to the Benghazi-based opposition to Qaddafi.
This is what Obama’s unconstitutional war against Qaddafi has unleashed. As LPAC has insisted, Obama is allied with al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and elsewhere throughout the region. Americans died because of this policy decision. This policy decision is now engulfing the entire region in chaos.
The talking points were just part of the coverup. The Select Committee must get to the substance.
Is the MI6-Run Libyan Terrorist Belhadj Setting Up Base in Tunisia To Create Terror in the Region?
The translated version of the Arabic edition of the Lebanon-based news daily al Akhbar on May 21 reported further activities of the comings and goings of the MI6-run Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) terrorist Abdelhakim Belhadj in Tunisia. On Feb. 6, 2013, a very popular Tunisian political leader, Chokri Belaid of the Democratic Patriots Party, was assassinated, throwing the country to the verge of another upheaval. Despite his close friendships with a number of influential politicians in Tunisia, several human rights activists suspected Belhadj of involvement in Belaid’s assassination.
But, what is Belhadj up to in Tunisia? The article says Belhadj has close ties with the officials of Ennahda, the Tunisian ruling party, and the banned radical group Ansar al-Sharia. It is not surprising.
Originally inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Ennahda advocates a more overtly Islamic identity and society for the country. It was founded in 1981 by Rachid Ghannouchi. He spent 22 years in “exile” in London and returned to Tunisia in early 2011 following the collapse of Tunisia’s authoritarian government in the face of Arab Spring protests. During his stay in London, Ghannouchi was awarded the Chatham House Prize 2012 by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for “the successful compromises achieved during Tunisia’s democratic transition.” Subsequently, he played a key role in the drafting of Tunisia’s new constitution. In other words, both Ennahda’s spiritual leader and Belhadj came from the same MI6-run stable. Ansar al-Sharia is a terrorist organization and was reportedly involved in the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
But there is a difference in their modus operandi. While Ghannouchi, like Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt, puts up the democratic face of the Muslim Brotherhood, Belhadj is a hard-core down-to-earth killer—the other face of the same coin. According to al Akhbar, quoting an Algerian security source investigating the jihadi involvement in the attack on the petroleum field in Ain Amenas, in southern Algeria, the Tunisian journal Essour wrote that the terrorist elements were being trained at a camp in Tunisia. They are supervised by Belhadj and Abou Dujaba to prepare for suicide and bombing operations in Tunisia, Algeria, and Mali, the report said.